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    Storm damage: No major injuries in Saline County, 18 homes with minor damage

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    Two homes were destroyed; one had not been occupied in a decade. The other was a trailer, but the family was not home at the time.

    Lt. Scott Courtney of the Saline County Sheriff's Office said more than dozen homes were damaged near Benton. And a tornado did minor damage, snapping trees and downing power lines near Ozan in Hempstead County.

    Today's THV spoke with homeowners near Benton who were cleaning up the day after the storm.

    "We'll be here til dark and we'll be here tomorrow too just getting the yard cleaned up. There's a lot of work to do yet," says Steven Lovell, who is the son of a storm victim.

    "You have friends you don't really think are your friends, but we have people just showing up and mom's phone has been ringing off the wall," adds Lovell.

    For many people, it was the falling trees that caused the property damage and there is no shortage of those. However, it's the force that knocked them down people here say they won't easily forget.

    Leslie Klanchar is a homeowner who has some property damage she describes what she heard and saw the night of the storm.

    "My son and I were in the living room then all the sudden we heard this noise and my husband says there's a storm coming and we ran and got in the bathroom as fast as we could," says Klanchar.

    "It was terrifying and really violent for a few seconds, now I had the phone to my ear and I didn't hear the freight train sound as such, but my husband did," says another homeowner, Jimmie Phifer.

    No major injuries have been reported. According to the county, 90 percent of the structures that were damaged are insured.

    The Red Cross was there, offering people waivers for hotel rooms.


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